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Iwata
磐田市
City
Iwata City Hall
Iwata City Hall
Flag of Iwata
Flag
Official seal of Iwata
Seal
Location of Iwata in Shizuoka Prefecture
Location of Iwata in Shizuoka Prefecture
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Tōkai)
Prefecture Shizuoka Prefecture
Area
 • Total 163.45 km2 (63.11 sq mi)
Population (September 2015)
 • Total 164,680
 • Density 1,010/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Camphor
- Flower Azalea
- Bird Blue Rock-thrush
Phone number 0538-37-4827
Address 3-1, Kōnodai, Iwata-shi, Shizuoka-ken 438-8650

Iwata is a city located in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, widely known as the headquarters of the Yamaha Motor Corporation. Iwata is also home to Júbilo Iwata, a J. League soccer team, as well as Yamaha Jubilo, a rugby team.

As of September 2015, the city had an estimated population of 164,680 and a population density was 1,010 persons per km². The total area was 163.45 square kilometres (63.11 sq mi).

Geography

Iwata is located in southwestern Shizuoka Prefecture, bordered by the Tenryū River to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the south.

Surrounding municipalities

History

Iwata is an ancient settlement, and contains the ruins of the Nara period provincial capital and Kokubun-ji of Tōtōmi province. During the Edo period, it developed as a post station on the Tokaidō and contained Mitsuke-juku, one of the 53 stations on the road.

On the North exit of JR Iwata station, the Great Camphor tree of Zendoji temple is situated. It was once a part of Zendoji temple and it is believed to be 700 years old. Its height is 18.3 meters and its diameter at chest height is 2.87 meters. The root structure bulges out of the ground creating a second level, and the circumference at the portion touching the surface is 32.9 meters.

The Great Camphor tree in Iwata
The Great Camphor tree of Zendoji temple situated on North exit of Iwata station.

Economy

The economy of Iwata is primarily agricultural and is known for green tea and melons grown in greenhouses, which are called "Iwata melon". The Yamaha Corporation was founded in Iwata and maintains a strong presence in the city. Yamaha Motor's headquarters is in Iwata. Suzuki Motor Corporation has a vehicle assembly plant in Iwata.

Education

Iwata has 23 elementary schools, 11 middle schools and five high schools, as well as two special education schools. There are also two international schools, the CEP Brasil – Centro Educacional e Profissionalizante - Brazilian school and the Escola Objetivo de Iwata Tia Rosa, a Brazilian primary school

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